The Snohomish County Transportation Coalition (SNOTRAC) is a diverse group of partners from human service agencies, transit agencies, people with special transportation needs, and others seeking improved transportation options. Senior Services of Snohomish County is one of many partners of SNOTRAC. The mission of SNOTRAC is to work together to develop a coordinated transportation that serves all people, including their attendants, who because of physical or mental disability, income status, or age, are unable to transport themselves or purchase transportation. The Coalition is in the process of creating and implementing a coordinated, countywide transportation system that will:
- Maintain existing services and resources.
- Reduce unmet needs of all residents.
- Explore the efficient uses of all local transportation resources, including non-traditional ones.
- Foster partnerships between transportation and social service providers through ongoing communication and forums for problem-solving.
- Be user-friendly, safe and easy to access.
- Support “green” travel where possible.
Support and enhance regional and local goals.
What is Coordinated Transportation?
A coordinated special needs transportation system that is simple to use and addresses the special transportation needs in Snohomish County. Given the growing demand for transportation over the next 10 years, the opportunities to better coordinate services, and the gaps in transportation services, SNOTRAC’s vision is to frame a blueprint for how to move from mobility today to the desired mobility of the future.
SNOTRAC Programs & Updates
The Snohomish County Transportation Coalition (SNOTRAC) is responsible for the Travel Ambassador Program, Ride Around the Sound-Bus Buddy Program, Pay Your Pal-Rural Transportation Program, ongoing research, resource guides, and many other programs currently underway.
Travel Ambassador Program
Many people who have difficulties accessing transportation due to disabilities, low income, age and native language are not aware of their resources. Transportation is key to accessing employment, medical care, human services, and other critical resources. Snohomish County Transportation Coalition (SNOTRAC) has developed the Travel Ambassador program to spread the word about transportation resources. This ongoing program recruits and trains case managers, advocates, teachers, I&R specialists, volunteers, and others from the community about transportation options. The program not only aims to make people more aware of transportation resources, but also more comfortable using them.
Ride Around the Sound, Bus Buddy Program
The Ride Around the Sound Program provides Travel Ambassador Training and a bus experience to seniors at targeted locations. The training and bus experiences are scheduled once a month to an exciting destination. Several sites participate simultaneously. Volunteers help organize specific bus experiences and promote Ride Around the Sound within a site. Experienced riders “buddy up” with inexperienced riders to assist them in the trip, provide peer support, and answer any questions they may have. Ultimately, each new rider will gain the experience and confidence to use public transportation independently.
Pay Your Pal, Rural Transportation Program
This SNOTRAC program aims to provide a safe and economical way to provide transportation to people with disabilities in rural Snohomish County. Riders eligible for this program live in rural parts of Snohomish County, have a disability, and need transportation for employment, education, or medical care. Eligible riders are responsible for locating and choosing their volunteer drivers or providers, maintaining their own mileage balances, and not exceeding their allocations, and for assuring that the rides they take are in safe vehicles with insured licensed drivers. Through this program, the volunteer driver is reimbursed for miles driven.
To view Safety Perception Assessment in Snohomish County click here.
To view SNOTRAC Strategic Plan 2009-2014 click here.
For information about Community Transit and DART service and route changes, click here.
Senior Services of Snohomish County
11323 Commando Rd. W., Suite 215
Everett WA 98204-3532